Game 39 Preview: Miami Heat at Sac Kings


Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (16-22)

PG: Darren Collison
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Derrick Williams
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Miami Heat Probable Starters (17-22)

PG: Shabazz Napier
SG: Mario Chalmers
SF: Luol Deng
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Hassan Whiteside

Three things to ponder

1. All hands on deck

With Rudy Gay (knee) and Carl Landry (wrist) unavailable, the Kings could be down to nine healthy bodies against the Heat. If head coach Tyrone Corbin pushes ahead with the uptempo offense, fatigue may play a factor in the waning moments.

2. Glass cleaners

The Heat are the worst rebounding team in the NBA, averaging 37 per contest. The Kings have no reason not to dominate the glass, considering that the boards battle is one that they win very often. Sacramento sits seventh in the league in total rebounds per game.

3. Man in the middle

Hassan Whiteside’s unlikely emergence this season has taken the world by storm. The Ex-King and one-time NBA washout is producing 13.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game in the month of January. Whiteside makes his anticipated return to Sacramento, and no one is more excited to face the center than DeMarcus Cousins. Both big men joined the Kings in the 2010 draft.


Rui Thomas
Rui Thomas is a writer and reporter for Cowbell Kingdom. He previously covered the Sacramento Kings and the NBA for Sports Out West. He is published by Sports Illustrated’s Truth and Rumors and Yahoo Sports NFL among others.

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